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How To Turn your Speech to Texts with Google Live Transcribe

Last updated on March 18, 2022

How To Turn your Speech to Texts with Google Live Transcribe

How do I Download and Use the Live Transcribe app?

You can download the app from your app store, just search for Live Transcribe, download and install it on your phone. Now open the app and speak into your phone right away. You can do this with or without a headset.

Whatever you say will be transcribed into text, which you can later copy to your clipboard and paste it wherever you want to.

Live Transcribe also has the ability to detect sounds such as music, snoring, flowing water, toilet flush, whistling etc.

It’s very impressive how this recognition technology detects most of the sounds in a normal human environment. Give it a try and let us know what you think of this technology.

Note: It’s still in its developmental stages and that means it doesn’t get everything right. But hopefully, in the next few years it would be perfect. This technology has now been fully integrated into Google’s new Pixel 4 phone.

Download and turn on Live Transcribe

Note: If you have a Pixel phone, skip to the Pixel section below.

  1. Download Live Transcribe & Sound Notifications on Google Play.
  2. Go to the Apps section.
  3. Tap the Live Transcribe app Live Transcribe .
  4. Make sure that you’re connected to the internet.
  5. Hold your device microphone near the person or sound that you want to capture. The microphone is usually located at the bottom of your device.

Pixel: Turn on Live Transcribe

Live Transcribe is already installed on Pixel phones and select other Android phones. To turn on Live Transcribe, follow these steps:

  1. Open your device’s Settings app .
  2. Tap Accessibility, then tap Live Transcribe.
  3. Tap Open Live Transcribe.
  4. To accept the permissions, tap OK.
  5. Optional: Change your Live Transcribe shortcut. Learn about accessibility shortcuts.
  6. To start Live Transcribe, use your Live Transcribe shortcut (2-finger swipe up, or tap the Accessibility button Accessibility).
  7. Make sure that you’re connected to the internet.
  8. Hold your device microphone near the person or sound that you want to capture. The microphone is usually located at the bottom of your device.

Use Live Transcribe offline

Download languages for offline use

Important: You can download languages for offline use on Android devices with at least 6GB RAM and on all Pixel devices. Not all languages are available for offline use.

  1. On your device, open Live Transcribe Live Transcribe .
  2. At the bottom, tap Settings Settings and then More settings.
  3. Scroll to “Primary language” and “Secondary language.”
    • Available for download :
      • If this symbol appears at the end of a language, it means that the language is available for you to download.
      • If this symbol doesn’t appear at the end of a language, it means it’s not available for you to download.
    • Downloading : Means you’re downloading the language.
    • Done : Means that the language is already downloaded.

Set offline mode preference

  1. On your device, open Live Transcribe Live Transcribe .
  2. At the bottom, tap Settings Settings and then More settings.
  3. Turn Transcribe offline on.

Tips:

  • When you turn Transcribe offline on, you can always use offline mode for the languages you’ve downloaded, even when there’s an internet connection.
  • When you turn Transcribe offline off, Live Transcribe will automatically switch between online and offline for the languages you’ve downloaded depending on your network stabilities.
Manage your transcription history

Important: If transcription history is turned off, your transcriptions will be deleted after 24 hours. You can’t export transcriptions from Live Transcribe. However, you can copy and paste text.

You can find your transcription history in Live Transcribe for up to 3 days. After 3 days, it’s automatically deleted, and you can delete your transcription history any time. To find your transcriptions, scroll up on the transcription screen.

Audio and transcriptions are securely encrypted and temporarily stored in the Live Transcribe app.

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